Jack Saturday

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quote Of The Week 85

As its economic importance wanes, work's control function comes to the fore. Work, like the state, is an institution for the control of the many by the few. It pre-empts most of our waking hours. It's often physically or mentally enervating. For most people it involves protracted daily direct submission to authority on a scale otherwise unknown to adults who are not incarcerated. Work wrings the energy out of workers, leaving just enough for commuting and consuming. This implies that democracy -- if by this is meant some sort of informed participation by a substantial part of the population in its own governance -- is -illusory.
Bob Black,
The End Of Work: The Decline Of The Global Labor Force And The Dawn Of The Post-Market Era
By Jeremy Rifkin


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